Looking for awesome bass players!
Ok, perhaps not exactly what I'm looking for atm.. :?)
But I am looking for some help/tips/ideas from the awesome crowd that hang out here!
Feel free to contribute with any ideas in this matter..
To the point:
I've a friend who plays bass (*) in different bands (Metal, Experimentell/Hardcore, Funk etc). we've talked a bit of a special kind of effects padels, that' apparently hard to find/none existing.
Now he has a birthday coming up, and I and another friend thought that it would be cool if we could build that pedal for him as a present..
So here's how he described what he wanted (as I understood it..):
When switching between bases he often needs to change the "power" (aka volume?) due to the different types of basses.
There's "active basses", that gives a higher output/dB/amplitude, and then there's "passive basses" that give a lower output/dB/amplitude.
What he wants is to be able to set a specific level using an effects pedal, which then adjusts (+/- amplify) the input signal..
(To me this sounds as a "normalizer", sort of...)
My main knowledge isn't about electricity: I'm a software guy (programmer) with a great interest in everything that spells "technology" and gadgets (and how they work..). I've played around with electronics a great deal and I got a pretty good understanding of it (But i don't know much equations [in electronic] etc, but as a former science student, they don't scare me).
So, as I figure it (being a sw-guy) it should work by reading an analog signal (which is AC...), do the right calculations with it, and then output it.
I should be able to read the signal using the analog inputs of the arduino.
As the arduino doesn't have analog output I guess I need a DAC (but not yet completely sure on how this work with an AC output..).
The input (and output) [as I get it] is about +/-1v?
I've been reading up on audio signals, AC, the arduino etc (and will keep doing that..), but it would be nice with some help and perhaps a dialogue with someone that has more experience with this than me..
The use of an arduino for this will hopefully also let me realize some of the features we want for this pedal (some are his, some are mine)
- LCD - to be able to see the current value etc
- Be able to add more effects (Please feel free to tell me what you think would be a cool effect for a bass)
- Some other intelligence..
Again: ANY input is appreciated; tips, help, ideas etc!
Have a nice morning/day/evening/night...
(*) I have many friends that are good musicians, but this one stands out in many ways.. One being that he is a plumber. ;?)
Sorry if it's a bit "unfocused" or bad grammar etc.. English isn't my main language and once again, I'm up "past my bedtime" (should be getting up in about 6 hours..)